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the little beautys are so quiet you would think there not even working i nought 2 of these for my pc as my old fans were very noisy, one thing to note these fans have 2 connectors not just a 4 pin molex like most other standard 80mm fans. these fans are really great for gaming pc's they keep the inside of my case below 45 degrees which is important in gaming.I found when these get clogged with dust and dirt over time that they are very easy to clean with a soft microfibre cloth.
The installation of fans is very simple all you need is to know how to connect the sockets and to screw 4 screws into your case to hold the fan secure, the fans do not cause any vibration on the case at all and they are so cheap its worth replacing your old fans with these ones.
if your looking for a cheap silent fan with a good brand name then this is the fan for you
I purchased two of these for front intake fans in my case.
I used the handy tables on the QuietPC website to compare different fans based on price, airflow and operating noise, and these stood out as being some of the cheapest yet some of the quietest. Their airflow stats were a bit lower, but still seemed fine for what I needed them for.
Whilst fitting them they felt cheap, in particular the cables (which weren't very flexible, a bit short, and had extremely cheap loose-fitting connectors on the end). However once they were up and running I was very impressed with how quiet they ran.
Just a few weeks down the line, one of them stopped working altogether. QuietPC gave me a refund but didn't ask for me to send it back, as the fans are considered a 'disposable item' and it would have cost them more in postage than the value of the item. I might have thought the fan manufacturer might want to see the fan to determine what caused such a premature failure, but I guess when they're producing and selling them so cheaply they expect some rejects. So in the bin it went!
The other one kept going strong for nearly 2 years until it began getting noisy, I guess the bearing wearing out. Its still relatively quiet, but not the next-to-silent that it was.
So overall the one fan has lasted me very well for the £6 it cost, but I won't be buying this fan or brand again.
After building a high end gaming machine I found the stock fans supplied with the Antec Three Hundred case weren't moving enough air around the hard drives and graphics cards. The two fans included in the case had a three speed switch and a 4-pin molex connector which didn't allow me any fanc control via the motherboard.
Some months after building the machine, summer started to approach and I could hear the cpu fan starting to run very loud, so I decided to research the latest fans, a bunch of reviews and get some cool air into the case.
After some hours of researching, I found the Xilence range with a number of great review, however being priced at the bottom end of the price range I wasn't sure whether the reviews were partly based on value for money.
I purchased two fans, one 120mm and the other 80mm from ebuyer, spending roughly £6-£7 in total. Absolutel bargain....as long as they kept the noise down.
Fitting was a little bit tricky, partly due to installing them retrospectively, the other issue being the length of the 3 pin connector cable.
Once installed I inspected the visual benefits - red fans in a balck case did look good! The build quality of the fans seemed high, solid blades and frame with cables strongly secured to the connector and fan. If there was any strain on the cable it would come unplugged before the cable came away from the connector.
The initial startup sounded the same as before. CPU fan running high, but no noise from the Xilence fans. I opened my motherboard utility and dropped the speed of the cpu fan. The temperature rose, however the fans kept the overall case temperature down. Then after a few minutes the motherboard decided to turn one of them off as the temperature was low enough with the low speed settings.
I've read some review which don't overly rate the air flow, which I would agree, but only when comparing the performance to fans costing around the £20 mark.
Every future build I undertake will involve these amazingly priced fans which provide the silent performance every pc user should be after!!